The Chronicle of Cactus Jack: Examining an Indie Film From Inception to Distribution
As “working screenwriters” who’d already at that point grown terminally ill of the bureaucracy surrounding film productions and the industry in general, we vowed to make this maverick film completely outside of the traditional channels and system.
The iPhone Movie Myth
If the film industry was a meritocracy based solely on effort, or finding a way to make something great with limited budgets, Hollywood would look very, very different. But it doesn’t.
Peter Malone Elliott and Alexander Sharp of "Wired Shut"
Wired Shut writer/producer, Peter Malone Elliott, and director, Alexander Sharp, discuss the behind-the-scenes details of taking their feature film, from idea to completion.
The Chronicle of 'Cactus Jack': Examining an Indie Film From Inception to Distribution
We were in a position that many of our screenwriter friends were envious of … but we were miserable.
Script to Screen: How I Taught Myself to Direct
But to actually direct—something scripted no less—felt like a sham. People went to school for that. Or they had climbed the proverbial ladder to earn it.
The Making of 'The MisEducation of Bindu, Part 2 - Rewrite Hell
Rewrite hell, I’ve come to understand, isn’t what someone does to you, but what you do to yourself as a writer.
Supplemental Content Ideas So Marketing Your Film is Less Boring
As indie creators, we have neither the past notoriety, the platform, or the money to rely on classic marketing styles, so we have to get more creative.
The Making of a Micro-Budget Road Movie - Part 2
If you’re going to make this into a short, why not just write 85 more pages and make it a micro-budget feature?
You're Never Ready to Make a Movie, So Make One
Learning to trust and welcome other people's help is just another thing you'll pick up as you all struggle forward together ... You’ll all be afraid together, and you’ll all improve together along the journey.
Nyx Horror Collective Co-Founders Celebrate Women Writing Horror in 60-Second Bites
"Our philosophy is you can't know the light without first knowing the dark."
The Making of "The MisEducation of Bindu" - Part 1
It’s funny the power of saying it out loud had: “We’re going to make a feature film.” And the more we said it, the more we dared to take the next baby step. And the next.
Just Try Not to Die
“'Just try not to die' is my standard advice for anyone helming a first feature. I nearly did, and I wouldn't recommend it."
What Festival Programmers Want You to Know
Festival directors and programmers are just as passionate and dedicated to films as the filmmakers themselves. But filmmakers primarily regard them as key gatekeepers in the journey of seeking and building an audience.
How to Cut a Really Great Reel Every Time
Remember that your reel isn’t the full conversation—it’s the start of one.
The Making of a Micro-Budget Road Movie, Part 1
It felt selfish and tone deaf to be scratching out a screenplay of all things while the world was falling apart.